Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Golden Oldies: iTunes Price Cut Pushes Billy Joel, Stones, Elvis, Fleetwood Mac Into Top 50


What year is it again? A major price cut from iTunes last week pushed a bunch of Golden Oldies artists into the top 50 on the charts. Yes, Robin Tnicke is number 1 with his “Blurred Lines” album at 174,000 copies. But “Blurred Lines,” like Daft Punk and Justin Timberlake all sound like music from the 1970s. So it makes sense that the charts today from show a surprising resurgence of old albums. They’re all greatest hits packages. Otherwise, the charts are stagnant. And these artists and numbers reflect that music today is either terrible or not being made available to buyers, or both. Radio monopolies and pre-programmed playlists haven’t helped. And streaming is definitely cutting into sales both physical and digital. Jay Z and Kanye West have had disappointing releases. Mariah Carey didn’t come through. Now we wait for John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, and Arctic Monkeys.

This week at the nursing home:

#13- “The Essential Billy Joel”– 17,440 copies

#17- Rolling Stones “Hot Rocks– 16,335

#22- Creedence Clearwater Revival– 14,770

#26- Queen– 11,042

#27- Fleetwood Mac– 10,872

#32- Johnny Cash– 9,552

#35- Red Hot Chili Peppers – 9,441

#40 – Elvis Presley– 8,709

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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